The measure of a man is not figured in feet and inches-flesh, bone and muscle, are the least things to be considered, still a man likes to measure up to the full measurement of a man even in feet and inches. The Ocala Banner: 7-21-1905


Messrs.’ Clayton Priest and Hub Hiatt killed a six foot rattler here Tuesday afternoon. He had eight rattlers and a button. Crystal River News: 7-31-1914

Somebody wants to get busy and build houses for rent. Crystal River can’t afford to be loosing  good citizens every week simply because they can’t find a house in which to live. Crystal River News: 7-10-1914.


We wish to state that this paper will not carry whiskey advertisements at any price. We have conducted newspapers for 25 years and have never carried a whiskey ad. We don’t use it ourselves and won’t encourage its use in others. Crystal River News: 5-22-1914.

CITRONELL… Elmer Tedder, a very popular young man from Crystal River is spending a few days as the guest of his sister, Mrs. S. W. Howe. Crystal River News: 4-2-1915.


Mr. and Mrs. L.A. Boswell of this city and Mr. and Mrs. E. J. Boswell of Felicia attended the Funeral of Mr. G. W. Hiller at Inverness on last Thursday afternoon.  Crystal River News: 2-1915


S. R. Simmos of Citra, the new school teacher for Crystal River was in Ocala Friday in route to that place. Ocala Banner: 10-6-1905



Col. Nic Barco of Crystal River spent Tuesday morning in Ocala. He was accompanied by his attractive daughter Miss Minnie Barco who was on her way to Stanton Virginia where she will remain for the next two years attending the Mary Baldwin School. Mr. Barco accompanied Miss Barco to Stanton. Mr. Barco says the G & G  Railroad has graded two miles of road leading out from Crystal River and it is now an assured fact that this great enterprise will take in Crystal River in its line of march down the peninsular to Florida…Ocala Banner: 9-7-1906       

Carter Was Cashiered…Sheriff of Citrus County Removed From Office Because He Failed To Protect The Negroes Recently Lynched In The County...


Gov. Broward has suspended George R. Carter, sheriff of Citrus County, from office and appointed E. P. Graham, from Floral City to fill the vacancy.

It is charged that ex-sheriff Carter failed to properly protect Frank Jordan, a Negro in his charge May 6th last, and as a result Frank Jordan was lynched and on June 7th, another Negro in Carters charge, was taken from his custody without the offering of any adequate resistance on the part of the sheriff. The second Negro was also lynched. Ocala Evening Star: 8-6—1906


Sheriff’s Carter Removal

The Democrat recently expressed an opinion that an investigation of the case of Sheriff Carter of Citrus County, removed by the Governor for not protecting his prisoners from a mob would exculpate that gentleman. The Citrus County Chronicle thinks so too, and thinks it with much emphasis. The editor of the Chronicle, being on the ground is doubtless thoroughly familiar to the facts in the case and it is but justice to Mr. Carter, who has been put in a very bad light before the entire state, in consequence of his removal from office for alleged neglect of duty that his defense has set forth by the Chronicle should be reproduced in the state press. The Chronicle says:

“When Jordan was lynched, May 16th Carter was transacting business in another part of the county and could not be held personally responsible for the same. When Jim Davis was lynched June 7th, the sheriff had been out of town day and night hunting the Negro who had been captured that morning, and when he arrived here at 6:30 in the evening, fully 300 armed and determined men were parading the streets and guarding the jail to prevent the prisoner from being spirited away. Sheriff Carter repaired to his office in the courthouse, where he was soon surrounded by six or eight masked and armed men and was compelled to remain there until the mob outside completed their work. He did not divulge the hiding place of the jail keys, because he did not know it. They had been left by a deputy in W. H. Millee’safe where they were found by the mob. In the name of common sense we want to know how Sheriff Carter could have resisted. He might have been able to shoot one man, but that would have been all and his life would have paid the penalty. The law does not expect an officer to sacrifice his own life and take the life of others when nothing is to be gained thereby. Such things would be more apt to outrage the state of Florida and bring it into disrepute if sanctioned. People may talk about “nerve” being required to resist a mob, but a man single-handed is a fool to undertake it. Self-preservation is the law of nature. We have not the remotest idea that the Brooksville militia could have successfully resisted the maddened men, nor do we believe they would have even made an attempt to had they arrived here in time. “Discretion is the better part of valor,” and no officer with one grain of sense would order twenty men to fire on 300 who were well armed. The governor has made a mistake in suspending Sheriff Carter. The order says he is suspended from performing the duties of office until the adjournment of the senate unless sooner reinstated by the governor. If Governor Broward cares anything for the wishes of our people, he will reinstate George R. Carter without delay.”

The business manager of the Star has known Mr. Carter at intervals since each was a very small boy and has the highest regard for him as a man and official and fully concurs with the opinions expressed by the Democrat and the Chronicle, and hopes to see the investigation begun, which he feels sure will result in Mr. Carter’s reinstatement as Sheriff of Citrus County.…Ocala Evening Star: 8-14-06

Got a Corner on an Oil Spring

The oil excitement is not subsiding here to any great extinct. The option buyers are still in our section still taking options and new discoveries of surface indications are being made daily. The latest report from the oil field comes from Stage Pond. Ex Sheriff Priest and T. J. Landrum were up from there Monday and they report having found strong indications of oil on their lands. Besides that, they report that they know of a place very rich in petroleum and for years, every spring, when the woods burn over, the earth will burn for days. They thought little of this until the oil excitement. They have since made careful examination and found that the sand for some distance around a little spring seems to be thoroughly saturated with oil.

They refuse to divulge the location of this place to anyone and state that not one person other than themselves, knows of this spring. 

Source: Ocala Evening Star: 7-12-1901


An ordinance to punish Vagrants, Rogues, Idle and Dissolute Persons, Common Night Walkers, Lewd, Wanton and Lascivious Persons in Speech and Behavior:

Be It Ordained By The City Counsel Of The City Of Crystal River:

That any person who is convicted, either of vagrancy or of roguery, of being an idle or dissolute person, or of being a common night walker, or of being either  lewd, wanton or lascivious in speech or behavior, within the corporate limits of the city of Crystal River, shall on conviction be fined not less than One (1.00) Dollars, nor more than Fifty (50.0) Dollars, or shall be imprisoned, not exceeding sixty (60) days.

Introduced an placed on first reading this the 6th day of August, A. D., 1914. Placed on second reading this the 6th day of August, A. D., 1914. Placed on 3rd reading and passed this the 10th day of September, A. D. 1914.

N. Barco

President of Council

Approved: N. N. Sparkman..Mayor

Attest: A. S. King…Clerk

Source: Crystal River News: 11-6-1914


Shooting at Floral City

A serious shooting affair took place at Floral City Tuesday, in which the town marshal, Tom Allen, was killed, also the Negro who shot the marshal. Capt. G. A. Nash received this information from members of the Ocala Rifles in Dunnellon, who were under the impression that they would be called on to quell a riot. The marshal was a brother-in-law of Homer Dean, one of Ocala’s vigilant policemen.

Source: Ocala Evening Star: 3-5-1908

The Citrus County Election

The wet and dry election in Citrus County took place yesterday, the result being a complete victory for the drys; the majority being fully 150. The wets did not poll 100 votes in the county. The official count will be made Tuesday and it is expected the majority for the drys will reach 175. Quiet reigned in all the precincts. Only Hernando and Homosassa gave a majority for the wets. It was expected that Crystal River and Floral City would go wet by small majorities, but they went dry by good majorities. Inverness cast 83 votes; 81 dry and 2 wet. The prohibitionists are happy over the results. Some of the saloon men are talking of a contest, but this is all bosh. Source: Live Oak Daily Democrat: 10-22-1907


Dr. H. M. Taylor of New York City was a visitor to Ocala Saturday. Dr. Taylor resided for several years at Crystal River and he has many friends in this city. He now lives in New York City, and for the past two years has been studying the eyes, ears nose and throat, which specialties he will make his life work. Dr. Taylor was on his way to Crystal River where he still has business interests. Ocala Banner 7-16-09

OCALA…Mr. Tom F. Hoy the foremost fish and oyster man of Crystal River and the St. Mary’s was in town yesterday to shake the hands of his many friends. Tom used to be a citizen of Ocala during the boom times of phosphate and ran an efficient oyster stall in the city market, which he sold out later to embark in a larger and more lucrative business. When Mr. Hoy is in town he always makes himself at home among the market men who are glad to see him as Tom’s a genial whole-souled gentleman. The Ocala Evening Star: 1-25-1902.

Col. Nic Barco returned yesterday from Tampa where he went to defend his suit against the government who accused him of abstracting pine saw logs from government land in Citrus County. The case was continued. He also paid his friend, Robert J. Knight a visit at his magnificent orange grove on old Tampa Bay. Citrus County Chronicle 5-21-1909 (Ocala Evening Star)

L S Black of Crystal River has gone to Spain and Portugal on a visit. We are inclined to think that Spain is a poor place to visit at the present time, especially in the vicinity of Barcelona. We had rather be in Balwin the there. Source: Citrus County Chronicle: 8-6-1909


J. M. McMullen, a deputy sheriff of Citrus County, was assassinated at his home on the night of December 26 and the assassin is still at large. Governor Bloxham has ordered $100 reward for the arrest and conviction of the murderer. Source: The Florida Star (Titusville)…1-12-1900


How A Newspaper Helps

The mention made of Capt. Gibson’s canning factory has been commented on by the press all over the state and has been read by over ten thousand people. This shows how a paper helps a community and business in it. It advertises it. The Washington verdict has this to say.

“An oyster canning factory, with a capacity of 3000 cans a day is being erected at Crystal River. A similar factory at the bay would prove a profitable investment to its projectors and a boon to Washington County. Let’s get busy and have one.” Source: Ocala Banner: 9-18-1908

Crystal River Elections...

The city elections were held on August 8, 1905 with the following results.

Counclimen…C. E. Herrick, N. Barco, J. T. Rawls and H. G. Miller Councilmen.

Mayor…T. E. Bowman

Clerk…S. A. Fackler

Q. Hay…Marshall

Source: Ocala Evening Star: 8-14-1905

Franklyn Ross M’Cormack or J. F. Sherwood 

     As will be seen by a letter furnished elsewhere, J. F. Sherwood formerly publisher of the Chronicle, was in Florida fifteen years under an assumed name, his real name being, Franklyn Ross M’Cormack. The cause of his being here under an assumed name he tells in a straight forward manner and has made, rather than lost friends, by his manly confession. In his eagerness to aid friends he was indiscreet enough to violate law and being pursued by enemies he resorted to flight and under a wrong name he and his noble wife came to Florida and here they were loved and respected by all. No man can point to a single dishonorable act of his in the past fifteen years and without doubt this one that he speaks of, is the only one of his life. A nobler man nor truer friend never lived in Florida. Not one of his former friends throughout the state will think less of him because of this one false step of his life. We hope that he and his excellent family will return to Florida for a hearty welcome awaits them. – Citrus County Chronicle.

     Whatever the gentleman’s name is, he certainly gave his friends a square deal during his residence in Florida. If he ever committed a dishonorable action, the star never heard of it and it had extensive dealings with him.  Source: Ocala Evening Star: 8-20-1908




Mammoth New Phosphate Plant –of Ford & Hiller in Citrus County

Three miles of railway to connect it to main line 

Messrs. Ford & Hiller are building a new phosphate plant on the Ray property near Hernando in Citrus County. George MacKay is building the washer for them and James R. Moorhead is building the three mile spur of the Atlantic Coastline Railroad out to the mine and incidentally wants fifty laborers to assist in the grading. Source: Ocala Evening Star: 10-15-1902

We are informed that the Inverness Lumber Company have bought Capt. Hillman’s lumber lands, in all, about 20,000 acres, the principal part of which is between Floral City and Stage Pond. Source: Ocala Evening Star: 7-31-1902

A Cattle Ranch

The South Florida Naval Stores Company, who are operating a large turpentine business at Gabriella, Florida, have also a fine cattle ranch and are killing two birds with one stone, or perhaps we had better say, are fostering two industries at the same time, as the cattle are grazing at the same time they are cropping for turpentine.

The South Florida Naval Stores Company is composed of the following well known gentlemen: T. C. Hall, of Tampa; R. S. Hall, Samuel C. Rawls, L. J. Knight and A. C. Williams of Ocala and J. W. Ward of Floral City.

 We hope they will make as big a success of their cattle ranch as they have of their turpentine industry. Source: Ocala Banner: 1-2-1906


A Postmaster Short

Postoffice Inspector Smith paid an official visit last week to the Floral City postoffice and checked up the office. Postmaster J. W. Knight, who was absent from the city, was found to be short about $150, which Inspector Smith went out and collected from Mrs. Knight’s bondsman in Floral City. It is customary in such cases to recommend the removal of the postmaster and Mr. Knight will probably be removed from office. The name of a prominent merchant of Floral Cioty has been suggested for the appointment and he signified he would be glad to accept it. The change will probably take place within a week or ten days. The checking up of the office created quite a sensation, as the young lady assistant was frightened almost out of her wits and became hysterical, thinking the blame would be attached to her. The news that Mr. Knight was short in his postoffice accounts came as a great shock and profound surprise to his friends. Mr. Knight is  a candidate for the office of state comptroller, against the present incumbent, Mr. A. C. Croom, and was a member of the legislature. He has held the posmastership at Floral City for only a few months. Source: Ocala Evening Star: 5-13-1908


 A Card from Mr. Knight

Says the Report that his Accounts as Postmaster at Floral City Were Short is Untrue

Editor-Times Union: With regard to a certain telegram that is being circulated by my opponent, A. C. Croom, to the effect that I as postmaster at Floral City, am short in my accounts with the government and have been removed from office is false and as base as it is false. Coming as it does on the eve of the primaries its purpose cannot be mistaken.

Instead of Being Short, he was $75 to the good.
The facts of the case are that on the 6th inst., less than two weeks ago, a true inspection and check was made on my accounts and instead of being short, I have the authority of the inspector to say that I was over remitted $75.80.

The infamy of this matter should recoil on the head of the perpetrator. Respectfully, J. W. Knight, Jacksonville, May 16. Source: Ocala Evening Star: 5-18-1908

The Citrus County Way

The traveling representative of the Times, who was in Inverness Saturday, reports that Citrus County has purchased and received a road building machine, which is driven by gasoline motor power. Citrus County is embarking on road building on an extensive scale and and employing the most approved and intelligent methods. Splendid material for the construction of macadam roads is found in Citrus County in abundance-a flint rock which does not powder nor become soft when wet. This will be found by far the best investment the people of Citrus County have ever made.-Tampa Tribune Source: Ocala Banner: 11-12-1909

Rattler Killers Have Big Week

Inverness…It was snake killing time in the Citronelle settlement this week, no less than seven big diamondback rattlers being killed in three days.

C. A. Driggers accounted for three of them, Wednesday, one of which struck him in the heel of his shoe while he was walking through some underbrush. The snake’s fangs were so firmly embedded in the leather that Mr. Driggers had to kick the rattler loose. His dog entering the battle caught the snake just back of the head as it was free from the shoe heel and gave it a lusty shaking. Mr. Driggers killed this snake and then its mate not six feet away and later in the day he killed another one.

Also, on Wednesday, O. R. Roddenberry and Joe Roddenday each killed a rattler and on Tuesday J. D. Driggers accounted for one. Hez Parkerson killed one Monday. Source: Evening Independent: 10-1-1936

Another Railroad to Port Inglis

Rumors are rife today that the phosphate miners around Dunnellon and Withlacoochee river, in Citrus County, are strongly agitating the matter of building another railroad from their mines to the Gulf at or below Port Inglis, so that they may get the benefit of cheap ocean rates.

It is apparent that the Dunnellon phosphate people are doing so well with their line that the outsiders purpose to enjoy the same advantages of saving $2 a ton on freight for their product. Source: Ocala Evening Star: 12-9-1902

The storm Thursday night at Crystal River destroyed the fish house of Mr. Boellert. Fears were entertained for the fishermen on the gulf. Source: Ocala Evening Star: 3-16-1900

Big Phosphate Deal

The Camp Phosphate Company of Albion yesterday closed a deal with Col. J. J. Barr for phosphate lands in Citrus county, the consideration being way up in the thousands of dollars. It is undoubtedly the largest deal of the kind made in several months. The Camp company are gradually getting a corner on phosphate lands in the state. Source: Ocala Evening Star: 7-23-1900

Mr. W. L. Martin, editor of the Crystal River News, was in Ocala Tuesday on a business trip. Besides editing this interesting paper, Mr. Martin is agent for the freight, claim and shipping department and now has leased the Bennett house, which he will soon assume charge of and he bids fair to become one of the busiest men in that bustling and growing city. Source: Crystal River News: 7-27-1906

An Editor-Cashier

Ocala Star—C. E. Herrick, the foremost cedar man in the state and manager of the Dixon Pencil Mill at Crystal River, was in town this morning on his way to Jacksonville. Mr. Herrick was recently elected president of the new bank in his town. The demand for stock was so great it was oversubscribed $10,000. The bank will be open by the 5th of July. A. S. King, editor of the Crystal River News, will be the cashier. The break projected is so popular that it will receive the deposits of every merchant in the place and every money saver in the industries of the town, which Mr. Herrick says for its size, Crystal River has more persons of that character than any place in the state. The new bank will be the thing for Crystal River. Source: Tampa Tribune: 6-30-1907

Crystal River Section

Strikes in midst of herd of cattle killing two beeves and knocking two cowboys unconscious

Crystal River, July 13—An extremely heavy thunderstorm came up yesterday afternoon and with the strong wind that accompanied it did considerable damage. A number of large oaks were broken down. The launches, Toledo, Anna B. and Surprise, which were returning from Shell Island, with a crowd of picnickers, had a rough time getting to port.

Lightning struck some timber in the midst of a heard of beef cattle that were being driven to Lecanto for J. Y. Barnes and three beeves were killed. Two of the cowboys were knocked senseless for a short time. This was the worst rain storm that has visited this section in a long time. Source: Tampa Tribune: 7-14-1912

News reached here Tuesday that George Chester had been killed the night before by a through freight at Bradley’s curve, just below Floral City. From what we can learn, he had been in Floral City during the day, drinking and started home after midnight, walking on the railroad track and when he had gone less than a mile, he laid down to sleep between the rails, it is supposed, with the above results. Citrus County Chronicle-Source: Ocala Evening Star: 5-1-1908

 Hernando Isn’t Happy

Much Trouble in One of the Phosphate Towns of Citrus County

Hernando, Aug. 16…Unique among petitions is the one just circulated here for the purpose of securing the assistance of the state attorney general in determining whether the present city government of Hernando is legal. The petition recites acts alleged to have been committed in the name of the government, which have aroused the ire of many citizens. The most recent of these is the order to clean all back yards.

Several years ago Hernando was incorporated and a city council was elected and qualified. After a few meetings this council failed to get together and for some time there seemed to be no city government. This year the old regime was revived and again Hernando has been ruled. It was in the latest revision of the laws that rise was given to the discomfiture of both factions. One faction claims that the business of the entire city is considered and conducted with an eye to the negro quarters of Hernando where the negroes employed in the phosphate mines live. The other faction claims the rest of the city is trying to impose on this section in every way. As a result of the strife the first marshal has lost his position.

As a preliminary the city proper was closed. The “lid” was screwed down so tightly not a gambler or blind tiger showed his head or hair. Then the phosphate quarter was invaded. A new marshal arrived from Dunnellon soon after. He arrested two negroes for fighting and seventeen others for gambling. Two negro preachers were among the many who fell into the net. They were charged with excessive and noisy praying. Each paid a fine of $5.

About the time of these happenings came the last straw-the order to clean up all back yards-and the petition followed. Among other charges made in connection with the circulation is one that the hours of court are from 7:30 p.m. until all cases are disposed of. Tampa Tribune- Source:Ocala Evening Star: 8-16-1907



Within two miles of Crystal River, just a pleasant ride or bicycle run or brisk walk, through delightful piney woods, there is a sulphur spring 1,500 feet deep, hot as one could bare to bathe in, gushing through a pipe, leaving prismatic colors all about. At this place a company was boring for oil and after striking several springs with more or less sulphur, which they despised and passed, they came upon this one and had stopped work for the time being. This is a most interesting place to visit and on the way, one can stop at the “Wishing Well” and drink the wonderful clear water, while wishing your dearest wish. It is quite as effacious as the famous Blarney Stone, if not more so…Crystal River News- Source: Florida Financial Industrial Record: 1-16-1910

Crystal River Is Drenched By Tide

Heavy Winds of Last Week Blows Down Many Trees

Crystal River, March 29…The heavy wind Thursday morning did no decided injury in this section except to blow down a great many trees across the country roads and uproot several large oaks in town. A very heavy tide was in, which came up over the lower parts of town. The Camp Company’s house boat, which was grounded on a flat, near six weeks ago, was pulled off on this tide. Paul Boolert, P. D. Smith and J. K. Eubanks, who were several miles offshore on a grouper fishing excursion, lost their small boat. Source: Tampa Tribune: 4-1-1909

Inverness…There has been quite a little dissatisfaction concerning the new courthouse proposition, the plans and specifications being to indefinite to satisfy those who have carefully looked into the matter. Also the plans and specifications for the High School Building as first submitted were turned down for the same reason. It appears the architects had them loaded. But it is certainly hoped that all will be satisfactorily adjusted and that the building will soon be underway of construction. It is strictly a business proposition and no spite work should be indulged in but the best interests of the county should be looked after. Source: Tampa Tribune: 9-3-1911

Tampans Taken As Robbers At Crystal River

Dr. Moon, Legislator, Catches Three

   Crystal River, Oct 24…Dr. W. B. Moon, member of the last legislature from Citrus county, physician and druggist, early today caught three Tampa men, whom he surprised trying to rob his drug store. He pursued the three men as they fled and with the assistance of another man and a sawed off shotgun took them into custody and turned them over to peace officers.
   Dr. Moon was summoned on a professional call by Henry Bowman and before going with Bowman, stopped at his drug store. As he entered the place three men fled out the back door. They drove away in a car without lights. Dr. Moon and Bowman pursued. They caught the fleeing car three miles from town.

Cowed By Shotgun

   Pulling over and forcing the other car to the side of the road, while Bowman pointed the shotgun, Dr. Moon took the trio prisoners. They made no effort to resist.
   The doctor entered the captured car, with the shotgun, forcing his three prisoners to ride in the front seat, one driving. He brought them back to his home here and his wife called officers who delivered them to Sheriff Dean, at Inverness, where they now are in jail.
  The men gave their names as Fred Barnes, James Alfred Adams and Rochelle Penquens, all of Tampa. Barnes was born and reared in this county, near Lecanto and recently completed a two year term at Raiford, where he was sent on robbery charges. Source: Tampa Tribune: 10-25-1931


Murdered and Robbed

A Florida Paymaster and a Mail Carrier Killed For Their Money

Ocala, Fla., April 10…A telegram just received here by the operator of the Silver Springs, Ocala and Gulf road says that two men were murdered near Hernando, Citrus county. Their names are Robert Stevenson, paymaster of the Empire State Phosphate company of that place, and a Mr. Payne, a mail carrier. They are said to have been murdered for their money, as Stevenson was in Ocala during the day making up his payrolls and taking back the money with him to pay off his men having drawn $1,800 at the Merchants National bank. The bodies were warm when found, the money being missing. Source: Bismark Daily-Tribune: 4-17-1892

The Floral City Trouble

Regarding the blowing up and killing of nine negro men at Floral City, on the night of the 30th of March, an account of which was in the Tampa Tribune yesterday and the Banner today, it is true that the house in which the men were having a “skin” game was partially blown up, presumably by another negro, who had been “skinned” in the name, but none of the inmates were killed, and only two or three were seriously injured. The negroes has free access to the quantity of dynamite used for blasting and it is supposed that the men placed a stick under the side of the truck and touched it off. Source: Ocala Evening Star: 4-2-1908

Floral City, Jan 13…Saturday morning, about 2:30, Mr. Savary had a narrow escape from being burned out. Mrs. Savary was awakened by the odor of smoke in her room, whereupon going downstairs she discovered that the sitting room was on fire. She called to her son and daughter who appeared immediately and by the heroic efforts of the three, the fire was allowed to spread to no other part of the house and was soon extinguished. Mrs. Savary possessed great presence of mind during the trying ordeal. All depended on her as Mr. Savary was not at home. Source: Tampa Tribune: 1-14-1906

Lecanto Postoffice is County’s Finest

Lecanto, March 26…Lecanto has a new postoffice, one of the finest in the county, which is now located in the postoffice building recently erected by the Lecanto Public Service Company.

The new office is equipped with 185 steel lock boxes of the latest and most substantial type and the entire office furnishings, tables, files and other equipment are all new. This is a valuable addition to the Lecanto business and community life. Source: Tampa Tribune: 3-27-27


Man Seriously Hurt By Rifle Shot While Crawling Through Fence

Lecanto…Augustus Myers remains in serious condition this week at Citrus Memorial Hospital where he was operated on following an accidental shooting here Saturday night.

Myers was reportedly hunting in a field back of his home, about three miles north of Lecanto on SR 491. The rifle he was carrying went off as he was crawling through a pasture fence and the .22 long cartridge penetrated his right side, punctured several ? and lodged in his pelvis.

Deputy Lewis Pielow investigated the hunting accident which happened around 10:30 p.m. Source: Citrus County Chronicle: 6-27-63

Crystal River Sein User Is Fined $50

Following complaints by residents of Crystal River that seining was being done in Crystal River in violation of the state game laws, Cecil R. Phillips, assistant state game and fish commissioner, arrested Calvin Stanley in the act of using a sein. Mr. Phillips with Deputy D. O. Langston of Trilby spent two nights in a boat on the river before apprehending the seiner, who was fined $50 and costs after being found guilty by a jury at Inverness. Attorney Larkins of Dade City defended Stanley, while Schofield and Schofield were employed by the Isaac Walton League to conduct the prosecution.

Mr. Phillips has placed warning signs at various places along the Crystal River warning fishermen about seining in its waters. Source: Tampa Tribune: 9-4-1926

New Paper For Crystal River

Mr. William C. Miller of Crystal River, was among the visitors in the city today. Mr. Miller, with a number of associated, today launched the Crystal River Herald, a weekly newspaper. We have not yet seen a copy of the new publication, but if it is a fair representative of the splendid country of which that town is the center it will be a hummer. We wish our new neighbor a success in his venture. Mr. Miller has for many years been a resident of this thriving town in Citrus county and recognizing the importance to any community of a newspaper, proposes that his home town should have one. Source: Ocala Evening Star: 12-23-1921

Some Bear, This

Captain Meeker, mail agent on the Homosassa run, brought up today from Homosassa the fore paw of a huge black bear killed yesterday by John Head, the famous deer and bear hunter of that section. The bear weighed 500 pounds when dressed and probably about 700 pounds gross. Mr. Head had been missing hogs and went out to look for the cause. He found it in Bruin, who when killed had a shoat in his capacious maw. Mr. Head killed the bear with a shotgun, this being the seventh one killed in eight months with the same piece, besides deer galore. He dried or jerked the meat. Dear and bear are plentiful in that section. Source: Ocala Evening Star: 7-26-1898


When E. A. Taylor went home, he found his young wife weltering in her blood.

One of the most horrible tragedies in the history of Citrus County occurred at Hernando Saturday night, a few minutes after midnight.

Mrs. E. A. Taylor, the eighteen year old wife of Deputy Sheriff Taylor, killed herself or was murdered in the bedroom of her home and the indications are that the deed was done by herself, but if there was any reason for it  was not known.

Mr. and Mrs. Taylor were married last fall and their married life seemed a perfectly happy one. Mrs. Taylor was at the home of her parents, three blocks down from her cottage and left alone at 12 o’clock Saturday night and from subsequent information must have placed the muzzle of a double-barreled shotgun, loaded with buckshot, against her left temple and pulled the trigger, or shoved it, as she could scarcely have reached the trigger and from the shape of the wound the gun must have held on a level with her head.

The body was not found or the deed suspected, until Mr. Taylor returned home yesterday morning after daylight, he having been away from home all night on business. He was horrified upon entering the bedroom, to find his wife’s body lying upon the floor, with the shotgun beside it.The temple and the side of the face was blown entirely away, one lobe of the brain was lying on the floor and the other on the window sill several feet away.

A coroner’s jury was empaneled yesterday morning to enquire into the manner of Mrs. Taylor’s death, but we have not heard the result. Mrs. Taylor was Miss Spires before her marriage, the daughter of Postmaster Spires. Source: Ocala Evening Star: 6-3-1907


Crystal River…Dr. J. D. Bennett, who had recently purchased a fine horse to use in his practice, had the misfortune to lose him Thursday at Tarpon Springs. During the month of September, the doctor expected to go north for a visit to relatives and employed a man to take his horse to the home of R. J. Knight, of Safety Harbor. The driver reported that the horse took blind staggers and lived only a short time after he reached the town. Source: Tampa Tribune: 8-30-1910

Homosassa Inn Burned

News was received in this city Monday of the burning of the above well known winter resort Sunday night. Every possible effort was made to save the building, but without avail. The hotel was crowded with guests and all were fortunate enough to save their personal belongings.

The Inn was a favorite resort for sportsmen and for many years has enjoyed a reputation all its own. Source: Ocala Banner: 1-20-1905

Purchases land on 41 for show horse breeding

Lee Shales of Dunedin recently purchased 130 acres of land about four miles north of Hernando on US 41 across from the Citrus Motel. The property was bought with the intent of developing a show horse breeding establishment.

Mr. Shales is now in the process of fencing this acreage and plans to build a barn to house his stock – American Saddle Breed Show Horses. He also plans eventually to construct a training ring for training show horses for competition in Florida and elsewhere.

Associated with the Douglas Manufacturing Co., Dunedin, Shales is in the process of selling his home and plans to move to Citrus County with his family as soon as the sale is consummated. Source: Citrus County Chronicle: 10-24-1963

A heated controversy over trusteeship of the Floral City Community Building is expected to be brought before the county commissioners Monday (1953). The dispute arose after the Womens Club, which have managed the building since it was constructed in 1939, requested the county commissioners for a 50 year lease on the property. The club proposed that the lease provide that all organizations would have full use of the building. Source: Citrus County Chronicle: 10-31-1963

Another Railroad to Port Inglis

Rumors are rife today that the phosphate miners around Dunnellon and Withlacoochee river, in Citrus County, are strongly agitating the matter of building another railroad from their mines to the Gulf at or below Port Inglis, so that they may get the benefit of cheap ocean rates.

It is apparent that the Dunnellon phosphate people are doing so well with their line that the outsiders purpose to enjoy the same advantages of saving $2 a ton on freight for their product. Source: Ocala Evening Star: 12-9-1902

Dredge Arrives Ready For Work…Channel at Crystal River is to be Deepened

Crystal River, April 18-The dredge Florida, Capt. Sharp commanding, arrived in Crystal River bay this week and will commence work at once deepening the channel. Capt. Sharp was here six years ago and did some excellent work in opening a deep water channel to the outside bars. He has consulted with the parties who are familiar with the natural channels from mouth of river to ship channel which is between three to five miles from mouth of river and expects to work to best of advantage as possible during the time he is here. Much of the work that was done two years ago is useless now, the cross tides having filled up the cut made. The citizens are very much interested in the dredging through the outer bars, as there is plenty of water after the bars are passed. Capt. Sharp estimates that he will be here between two to three months. Source: Tampa Tribune: 4-19-1910

Homosassa…The cedar mill has started up again, after a two weeks shutdown on account of R. G. Grier taking a joy ride with all the funds. J. J. Williams is now superintendent and operations will continue as heretofore only on a more sound basis. Source: 6-26-1912

Shot By A Negro

Constable R. E. Van Ness, of Hernando, was shot at the Dunnellon mine Christmas Eve by Jim Williams, colored, whom he was trying to arrest for carrying a pistol concealed. The negro grabbed Van Ness’ pistol and attempted to wrest it from him, but assistance came quickly, when the negro ran and shooting at the constable hit him just below the eye, but not wounding him badly. Others shot vigorously, but the negro escaped. Source: Ocala Evening Star: 1-3-1902

Small Boy’s Life Saved at Shell Island by State’s Attorney E. W. Davis

Baskin was drowned at the island the other day…but he revived. We had thought he was good, but he didn’t die young. The little fellow, the son of Mr. A. S. King, was frolicking around on the dock, as boys will do and had become not over cautious, and in some way in which he cannot explain he toppled from the dock at Idle-Ease, alias “Hotel.” Capt. Beck and Mrs. Herman Miller were out pulling in the red fish, and Col. Hampton had returned to Ocala, and there was no one near to save, as Baskin’s companions were too small, and besides panic stricken. They yelled, however, which awoke Col. Davis from his dream of “Bill” and with the map of all the bars and reefs scarred on his bottom, Col. Davis soon learned the trouble, but saw several hundred yards between him and the drowning boy, and realized he had to do some sprinting. He ran faster than he ever did for office, and pulled Baskin from the bottom, after he had been drowning for several minutes. We see no change in Baskin. Crystal River News…Source: Ocala Evening Star: 8-6-1909


Ocala…Mr. Clement, the Elliston phosphate miner, was in town yesterday and said owing to the decline in rock he has ceased active mining, but is busy all the same, unearthing rock and making ready for a large output as soon as the market recovers, which he expects it will soon do. Source: Ocala Evening Star: 5-16-1900

Hot Time In Gulf Hammock

At a dance in Gulf Hammock recently, a daughter of W. H. Harvey, formerly of Crystal River, was shot by an attendant and Mr. Harvey was shot at by the same party, but was not hit. (Inverness Chronicle) Source: Ocala Evening Star: 6-10-1912

Albert Gunn to Hang

At the term of circuit court just held in Citrus county by Judge W. A. Hocker, the most important case was that of Albert Gunn, the negro who murdered Jeff Scott, another negro, in cold blood at Hartshorn on the night of July 7, 1896. While Scott was asleep in a chair Gunn slipped up behind and shot him three times, killing him instantly. The state was represented by states attorney Carter, assisted by N. M. Allred, and the defense was conducted by Col. Lloyd and J. M. Young, of Inverness, well known in Ocala. Judge Hocker passed the sentence of death last Thursday afternoon but the day of execution has not yet been named by the governor. Source: Ocala Evening Star: 6-18-1897

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